In light of the forthcoming European and North American dates from Def Leppard, guitarist Vivian Campbell felt it would be right to let the band's supporters know that he is currently in recovery from cancer.
Vivian says, “I feel fortunate that my cancer sent me an alarm call in the form of ‘the cough that wouldn’t quit’. Otherwise, how would I have known? After several months of trying every inhaler known to man, my doctor finally had me X-rayed. A further CAT scan revealed that enlarged lymph nodes were doing wrestling manoeuvres on my windpipe – hence the cough. What was causing the enlarged lymph nodes, however, was yet to be determined, so I underwent a surgical biopsy on March 11th, the first day of Leppard rehearsals for our Viva Las Vegas shows. Obviously, I didn’t make it to rehearsal that day, but it’s okay; I know the songs by now.
My diagnosis was Hodgkin's Lymphoma and 6 months of chemotherapy is the prescribed treatment. I’m about 2 months in and feeling rather spiffy, all things considered. Hodgkin's has an over 80% cure rate, so by my reckoning, if you’re going to have a cancer, Hodgie’s is the one to have!
The reason I’m sharing this with you is because, despite cancer and chemo, me and my new aerodynamic hairstyle (read: no hair) are going on tour this summer with the band and I don’t want anyone to be so shocked by my new look that they ask for a refund. Simple economics, really.
My family, friends and bandmates have all been extremely supportive through this and I look forward to a summer full of shows with both Def Leppard in June/July and the debut of Last In Line this August."
The USA based Northern Irish guitarist has a busy schedule this coming summer. Fresh from Def Leppard’s triumphant Las Vegas Residency, the band are set to play a series of festivals and headline shows across Europe and North America in June/July 2013. For all details go HERE
In addition to performing with Def Leppard, August 2013 sees Vivian debut the reunited original Dio band under the name of Last In Line: 30 years after the recording of the legendary Dio albums Holy Diver, Last In Line and Scared Heart, and without trying to replace the singular sound that was Ronnie’s voice, the original band have started playing the songs they wrote and created together again. Joined by the passionate, powerful and unique voice of vocalist Andrew Freeman, Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell have united under the name of their classic album, Last In Line, to perform and tour their original songs again.
Last In Line are set to tour the UK in August 2013 with further dates worldwide to follow. For all confirmed dates go HERE
The Kings of Chaos Tour kicks off tonight in South Africa! The band is Joe Elliott's side project featuring Slash, Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan, and Gilby Clarke of Guns 'n' Roses, Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple, Steve Stevens from Billy Idol, and Myles Kennedy from Alter Bridge. Yesterday the band assembled for a Google Hangout with Cape Town radio station 94.5 Kfm and for a proper press conference. Watch the videos below
On this day in Def Leppard history, 6 June 1993, the band played their hometown of Sheffield, UK at Don Valley Stadium. Watch a video of the full show below
Joe Elliott and his side project, Kings Of Chaos, have just arrived for their tour in South Africa!
Joe recently spoke to South Africa's Jacaranda 94.2 on the legacy of Def Leppard, the VIVA! Hysteria shows and thoughts on doing another full-album residency, working with Mutt Lange, and the Kings Of Chaos tour - Listen HERE
This weeks show Joe will be paying tribute to Trevor Bolder (David Bowie, Uriah Heep, Cybernauts) and Ray Manzarek (The Doors) and playing songs from them including The Cybernauts, The Doors, as well as Queen, New York Dolls, amongst others!
For those in the U.K. tune into Joe's weekly radio show on PlanetRock.com on Saturdays at 6pm (GMT) / 1pm (EST). For those listening outside the U.K. listen live from this site HERE
Legendary Bass Player Trevor Bolder (David Bowie, Uriah Heep, Cybernauts) passed away at 7.30pm UK time, Tuesday, May 22, he was 62 years young .....
I had the great pleasure of knowing Trevor for the best part of 30 years, he was one of my idols growing up, I got to know him when Uriah Heep opened for D.L. on the Pyromania tour in 1983 & we became firm friends. I stayed with him, he stayed with me & we recorded & toured together as The Cybernauts. For myself & Phil it's devastating because we were looking forward to finishing up some new Cybernauts recording pretty soon, that may now not happen, but our real thoughts right now are with his family.
Trevor was one of the good guys, I'm sure Mick Box & the guys in Heep feel the same way, we have lost a brother, a great bass player, a funny, funny man who lit up any room he walked into .... I guess now, him & Ronno have a bit of catching up to do ..... RIP my friend ..... - Joe
Listen to Joe Elliott's interview with Rochester, New York's 98.9 The Buzz radio station on Def Leppard's upcoming show on July 17th at CMAC in Canandaigua, NY. Joe also talks about the VIVA! Hysteria shows, recounts the story behind writing "Pour Some Sugar On Me," explains how the music has always been the main focus for Def Leppard, and shares his thoughts on some current pop and rock acts.